Ben Olsen on Being Inclusive

February 7, 2018

Ben Olsen is the head coach of DC United. I have been fortunate to collaborate with Ben and get to know him as a coach, father, and human. He's an amazing guy. Ben is someone who has tremendous emotional intelligence and knows how to bring people with him on a journey.

Ben had tremendous success as a player. In 1997, he was named the Soccer Player of the Year for the season he had at University of Virginia. He then went on to have success at the pro level where he played with the team he is currently the coach of (DC United). As a player, he was part of two MLS Cup titles, was a two-time All-Star, was the MLS Cup MVP in 1999, and won the Rookie of the Year. He also earned 37 caps with the US men's national team and played in the 2006 world cup.

I have enjoyed getting to know Ben over the years and I know you will enjoy this conversation as well. We get into his upbringing, leadership, humility, culture, and how he used visualization to help him in his career.

Thanks so much to Ben for coming on.

Also, we are excited to tell you about our partnership with 2Betties. If you love healthy snacks or are looking for a healthy breakfast option, make sure to head over to their site and pick up your "rounds". Don't forget to enter promo code "INTENTIONAL" to get 15% off your first order! 

Thanks to those who have already sponsored the show through our patreon page. Also, thanks to H&R Retail for their support and sponsoring this episode through our patreon page. 

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Hakim Warrick on The Vision

January 31, 2018

Hakim Warrick! If you went to Syracuse, like I did, this interview is going to be a trip down memory lane. If not, Hakim's story is still an incredible one. Hakim helped lead Syracuse University to a national championship, when I happened to be a freshman, and he probably had the most famous block in college basketball history--helping secure the win for his team.

In this conversation, Hakim will share his unexpected journey. He was a "late bloomer" both from a physical and skill stand-point, which impacted his high school experience. When he did develop he ended up at Syracuse University where his expectations quickly went from trying to "make it" at that level to knowing he could make an impact. 

Hakim ended up having a very successful 4-year career at Syracuse which led to him being a first-round pick in the NBA. Hakim played 8 years in the league before playing overseas which he is currently doing as a professional. 

As you will tell from this conversation, Hakim is a humble guy who has used systems and processes to get to where he is today. He had a vision of playing professionally when he was in 4th grade and was able to follow that vision all the way to the top of his profession. 

Thanks to Hakim for coming on the podcast. And thanks to the Syracuse community for listening. 

Hakim is not using social media as much these days but you can find him on Twitter and Instagram. 

Twitter: @hdubb21

Instagram:@hdubb215

Lastly, we are excited to launch our partnership with 2Betties. If you love healthy snacks or are looking for a healthy breakfast option, make sure to head over to their site and pick up your "rounds". Don't forget to enter promo code "INTENTIONAL" to get 15% off your first order! 

Also, please head over to our patreon page to support the podcast!

Thanks to Hakim for coming on the podcast.

 

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Steve Schlafman on Funding a Legacy

January 24, 2018

Steve Schlafman is in transition. He worked at a Venture Capital (VC) firm for a number of years and recently decided to break off on his own. Before working as a VC he had jobs at places like Microsoft and The Kraft Group, and those experiences have left an impact on how Steve looks at his career. Steve is certainly passionate about technology, but he will also talk about relationships, habits, and how he is constantly searching for how he can be his best self.

He is mindful. He recently participated in a 10-day intensive meditation retreat, which he talks about in the podcast. He's a deep thinker. He recently did a "think week" where he unplugged from technology to dive into books, videos, and write about a number of topics. He is intentional. He has made shifts in his life when he looked in the mirror and felt like he needed to make a change. He also will talk about some of the challenges in his life including ADHD, anxiety, and he will share what went into his decision to not drink alcohol anymore.

In this episode, we focus on the present--where he is right now, while also getting a sense of how he got to this point.

You can learn more about Steve at the following places:

Twitter: @schlaf 

Insta: @schlaf

Medium: schlaf.me

Lastly, we are excited to launch our partnership with 2Betties. If you love healthy snacks or are looking for a healthy breakfast option, make sure to head over to their site and pick up your "rounds". Don't forget to enter promo code "INTENTIONAL" to get 15% off your first order! 

Also, please head over to our patreon page to support the podcast!

Thanks so much to Steve for coming on the podcast!

--Brian

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Candace Parker on Fear and Growth

January 17, 2018

Candace Parker is one of the best basketball players to ever lace up their sneakers. In high school, Candace won the 2003 and 2004 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Following high school, Candace attended powerhouse University Tennessee where she continued to drastically impact women's basketball as the team won back to back championships her Sophomore and Junior year. She won player of the year honors in college before becoming the first pick of the WNBA draft. 

Candace continued her elite performance upon getting to the WNBA. She is a 2X WNBA MVP, is a 4X all-star, and helped lead her team to a WNBA champion in 2016 where she was named the Finals MVP. She has won gold medals and has received a number of other accolades. She has also had a lot of success overseas and currently is playing in China. 

Ok. So, while her resume is clearly impressive, what I enjoyed most was learning about how reflective Candace is in regard to her own personal growth. In this conversation, she shares how she studied and observed Kobe Bryant, to learn about his process for greatness. She also discusses how journaling has helped her develop and reach her goals throughout her career. She mentions mentors and people who have also helped nudge her to fulfill her potential and the gratitude she has for those people. 

Thanks to Candace for being so generous with her time and being vulnerable enough to share some of her strengths and weaknesses and how she is continuing to grow. If you want to learn more about Candace you can go to her website: http://candaceparker.com/.

Also, Candace mentioned The Pat Summit Foundation which is working to end Alzheimer’s disease.

Twitter: @Candace_Parker

Instagram: @CandaceParker

Lastly, we are excited to launch our partnership with 2Betties. If you love healthy snacks or are looking for a healthy breakfast option, make sure to head over to their site and pick up your "rounds". Don't forget to enter promo code "INTENTIONAL" to get 15% off your first order! 

Also, please head over to our patreon page to support the podcast!

Thanks to Candace for coming on and all the best on this season. 

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Jon Gordon on Servant Writing

January 10, 2018

Jon Gordon is a best-selling author and keynote speaker who has impacted some of the most successful organizations in the world. 

His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 15 books including 5 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First and The Power of Positive Leadership.

Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a passionate guy who was generous enough to chat with a stranger. In this conversation, we talk about his writing process, how he helps organizations cultivate culture, and what he thinks is most important to being our best self. We will also talk about how to handle failure and how the best leaders inspire their people. 

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University, where he played lacrosse and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Jon is a great follow on twitter: @JonGordon11

You can also go to his website:www.JonGordon.com

Also, we are excited to tell you about our partnership with 2Betties. If you love healthy snacks or are looking for a healthy breakfast option, make sure to head over to their site and pick up your "rounds". Don't forget to enter promo code "INTENTIONAL" to get 15% off your first order! 

Thanks to those who have already sponsored the show through our patreon page.

Special thanks to @TDOgden and Blue Ivy Partners for their support. Blue Ivy works with early-stage product companies in security, big data and networking, to help them match their products with Federal customers who must innovate because they have urgent missions.  Key partnerships are with Carbon Black, Corelight and Data Robot.  Follow them on Twitter: @BlueIvyPartners.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support and thanks to Jon for coming on the podcast.

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Elton Brand on Whatever it Takes

January 3, 2018

Elton Brand had an NBA career that spanned 16 1/2 years. During that time, he was a two-time all-star and one of the top power forwards in the league. He entered the league as the first overall pick in 1999 where he became the co-rookie of the year. Before that, he had an illustrious career at Duke University. 

In this conversation, we talk about Elton's mindset growing up and how his Mom helped him become the man he is today. We will also get into the weeds on Elton's best year in the NBA and how his mindset helped him average 24.7 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. Elton was obsessed with trying to be the best player he could be and that season was the tipping point for how he thought about his performance.

Today, Elton serves as the General Manager of the Delaware 87ers and also works with the Philadelphia 76ers front office. 

Elton's a warm guy, who makes people feel important when they talk to him. He's thoughtful, humble, and has a great sense of who he is and who he wants to be. His character is what helped him have a long career and has also helped him transition out of playing. 

Elton is involved with Team Impact, which was actually co-founded by one of our former guests, Kris Herman. 

Lastly, we are excited to launch our partnership with 2Betties. If you love healthy snacks or are looking for a healthy breakfast option, make sure to head over to their site and pick up your "rounds". Don't forget to enter promo code "INTENTIONAL" to get 15% off your first order! 

Also, please head over to our patreon page to support the podcast!

Thanks to Elton for coming on and thanks to all of you for listening.

Brian

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Yael Averbuch on Constant Improvment

November 29, 2017

I was introduced to Yael by our previous guest, Joanna Lohman. And I am so happy we were able to connect.

Yael is a professional soccer player, about to enter her 10th season as a pro. She's played all around the U.S. and the world and enjoys sharing her journey through the sport as well as encouraging young players to set goals to own their personal development. Yael also played college soccer at University of North Carolina, which is one of the most storied NCAA teams in the country. Yael will talk about her experience at UNC and how it impacted her development as a player.

She recently launched Techne Futbol, a training app to help players sharpen their individual skills.

Yael is a deep thinker who has used hard work to fulfill her potential. Although I don't think she would ever say that she has fulfilled her potential as she is always focused on constant improvement. That mindset has helped her get to where she is today.

You can learn more about her at www.yaelaverbuch.com and Techne Futbol at www.technefutbol.com.

You can also check her out on social media:

Personal -
Twitter: @Yael_Averbuch
Instagram: @yaelaverbuch
Facebook: facebook.com/yaelaverbuch
 
Business -
Twitter: @TechneFutbol
Instagram: @TechneFutbol
Facebook: facebook.com/technefutbol

Thanks to Yael for coming on the podcast and thanks to all of you for listening in 2017!

-Brian

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Brian Levenson Thanksgiving Special

November 22, 2017

Hi All,

Excited to share this bonus episode with you on this special holiday! 

As you chow down on some delicious food and hopefully watch some great football, we are all reminded to ask the question; what are you grateful for?

As we wind down the podcast in 2017, I want to sincerely thank each of you for taking the time to listen! 

More to come in 2018!

With Love,

Brian

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Kris Herman on Creating Systems

November 20, 2017

Kris Herman is the Head softball coach and an assistant athletic director at Williams College. Before working at Williams, she spent 17 years at Tufts University as an Assistant coach before becoming the head coach of both softball and volleyball. She is now in her 15th year at Williams as their head softball coach.

700+ softball wins and four world series appearances later she has established herself as one of the top coaches in all of sport. Yet, as you’ll find out in this conversation, Kris talks more about her processes than her accolades. She is extremely thoughtful and innovative when it comes to how she interacts with and develops young people and teams. In this episode, she will give tangible ideas and tools that have helped her become the coach she is today. She is extremely intentional about the work she does with her athletes, and just as importantly, the work she does on herself.

Kris is more than a coach. She is the founder of Team IMPACT (www.goteamimpact.org), which is a non-profit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses to local college athlete teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes. She is also involved with ONE Softball (www.onesoftball.com), which is a free community aimed to help share information on softball, character development and recruiting. Lastly, she is the owner of Go Team Coaching (https://goteamcoaching.com/), where she blogs about all things coaching.

You can also check her out on social media:

twitter: go team coaching, @gt3coaching

instagram: williams_college_softball

fb: WilliamsSoftball

To say that Kris is intentional is an understatement. She is extremely conscientious and has developed championship systems to develop people and athletes. This conversation is loaded with wisdom so please share it with your social networks.

Thanks to Kris for coming on and enjoy the episode.

-Brian

 

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Rais Bhuiyan on Working with Enemies

November 15, 2017

I was introduced to Rais Bhuiyan randomly. As I was leaving a meeting with one of my clients, he introduced me to Rais and I was blown away by his story, as you will be too. Rais has an incredible story to tell. But, what is amazing about Rais is not just what happened to him, but how he used the obstacles and hate he experienced, to create growth opportunities. 

A bit more about Rais. He is a Bangladeshi American working as a technology professional in Dallas. He also served in the Bangladesh Air Force, so he is a performer in a number of ways. He left Bangladesh to move to New York City to study computer technology and then found himself in Dallas, Texas where he was employed at a gas station. After the September 11 terror attacks, Mark Anthony Stroman walked up to that gas-station and shot Rais in the face. Incredibly, Rais survived but lost sight in one of his eyes. What happened next is incredible.

Compassion. Empathy. Power. All extremely impactful words. All of those words are part of Rais' story. But, this is also a story about love and how to have an impact on the world. Rais is on a mission. He lives intentionally. He wants to make the world a better place. And he is. 

To learn more about Rais you can check him out here:

http://worldwithouthate.org/

Twitter: @Rais4peace @WWHforgive

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worldwithouthate?fref=ts

Thanks to Rais for coming on and being so open.  

Thanks to all of you for your continued support!

Brian

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